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Chennai Protest

India Lawyers ClashThere was a mini-riot at Madras High Court on Thursday. A grand heritage building was turned into a war zone as lawyers turned their anger on the police in the Madras High Court, after the arrests of 2 lawyers on Tuesday. The police responded with brute force, lathicharging protestors, firing tear gas shells. Hundreds caught in the middle as Chennai’s law keepers fought a pitched battle. A judge  were among those injured. Police say lawyers stormed the High Court Police Station and set it on fire. And that’s when reinforcements, even black cat commandos, were called in. But lawyers have quite another story: S Prabhakaran, president, Bar association, says: “Policemen charged in and brutally assaulted us.” Tamil Nadu’s top cop, DGP K P Jain, chose to play it safe: “These are controversial questions. More than one version to it, so I am not commenting, but cases were registered against lawyers for what had happened over these days. policemen were eyewitnesses to these incidents. They had identified a few lawyers responsible for lawlessness. They lodged a complaint after which one lawyer was arrested. So that’s what provoked the incident.” At the end of it all, close to 75 people were injured and cars burnt. But the greatest damage is perhaps to the reputation of those who uphold the law.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | news | , , | 1 Comment